California: ELL Resources
As of the 2012-13 school year, California's schools were home to more than 1,521,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 4% decrease from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in California are Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Arabic.
State ELL Resources
State Agency: California Department of Education
ELL Website: English Learners in California
Laws & Regulations
ELL Guidance & Documents: ELL Forms Website
The laws and regulations governing the education of ELLs are referenced in the California Educational Code as:
- Title 1, Division 1, Part 1, Chapter 3 and Chapter 5
- Part 11, Chapter 4.6
EL Identification is determined through the use of a home language survey and the CELDT.
Home Language Survey: A sample home language survey and translations are available through the CDE English Learner Forms website.
Placement Exam: California English language Development Test (CELDT)
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: English-language Development Standards
ELP Assessment: California English language Development Test
English Language Arts Materials: CDE Web site
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Title III Information: Title III Information and Accountability
NCELA: Title III Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
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Ruiz Soto, Ariel G., Sarah Hooker, and Jeanne Batalova. 2015. States and Districts with the Highest Number and Share of English Language Learners. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute. http://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/states-and-districts-highest-number-and-share-english-language-learners
Ruiz Soto, Ariel G., Sarah Hooker, and Jeanne Batalova. 2015. Top Languages Spoken by English Language Learners Nationally and by State. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute. http://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/number-and-growth-students-us-schools-need-english-instruction-2009